The public is invited to an ice cream social from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 30 at the Sunken Gardens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the renovation of the Gardens at 27th Street and Capitol Parkway. The event, co-sponsored by the Lincoln Parks Foundation, will include garden tours, live music, giveaways and a scavenger hunt.
"Ten years ago, our community came together to support the transformation of this highly popular, historic public garden to make it easier for everyone to enjoy and visit," said Christie Dionisopoulos, Executive Director of the Lincoln Parks Foundation. "We hope everyone will make time to help us celebrate our beautiful Sunken Gardens, which truly is a treasured gem in our community,"
The event August 30 will also honor those who have volunteered for the Parks and Recreation Department during the past year. "We are so grateful for the time, talent and treasure provided by so many people in our community," said Lynn Johnson, Director of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. "It is truly evident that people in Lincoln love their Parks and Recreation facilities and programs. Without this support, it would be very difficult to maintain the parks and to provide the programs we all enjoy."
The Lincoln Parks Foundation is sponsoring a second event for donors and other supporters from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27. This event will begin at the Hamann Rose Garden near 27th and "C" streets with music, appetizers and a tour of the garden. Guests will then walk to the Sunken Gardens for a light dinner, live music and garden tours. Tickets are $75 per person, and proceeds will support the activities of the Foundation. More information is available at lincolnparks.org
Built in 1930, the Sunken Gardens was a Depression-era project, built on a former abandoned neighborhood dump site. By 2003, the Gardens needed improvements to address safety concerns, accessibility and increasing maintenance issues. The Lincoln Parks Foundation led a $1.7 million campaign that provided the first-ever major renovation and allowed for a partial endowment for future maintenance of the gardens. The project was finished in 2005.
More information on the Sunken Gardens and other Parks and Recreation programs and facilities is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.